The owners of Starfall Ranch not only share a bloodline, but also the opinion that budding equestrians should evolve at their own pace. Consequently, personalized instruction forms the cornerstone of private and group lessons that take place within two acres of scenic grounds. Riding sessions are calibrated according to ability—novice students learn basic skills such as tacking and grooming, whereas advanced students acquire intricate knowledge of topics such as bareback riding and parallel parking. At summer camp, the trainers teach English-style riding to entire crews, interspersing instruction with swimming and trail rides.
It isn?t often that a golfer gets to stare down the same approach over water or lay up in front of the same fairway stream as Tiger Woods, Sergio Garc?a, and Jesper Parnevik. But on Bonaventure Country Club?s East Course, one can do just that: the par 72 half of this 18-hole course has hosted more than 10,000 corporate, civic, and charity golf tournaments.
From the waterfall crashing alongside the East Course?s third green to its presence on hole No. 5, water is never far from golfers ?crowding tee shots, threatening to swallow errant drives, and following them home in to-go cups from the onsite Sunset Grill. Golfers spend their entire round enjoying the peace along the edge of the Florida Everglades.
East Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 7,064 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 74.2 from the back tees
Course slope of 132 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
The mad scientists behind The Challenge Mud Run spend their days playing with mud and surfing the Web for the ideal throwing axe. All that hard work will pay off when they host an intense 5-mile race that challenges the mind and body. During the race, entrants crawl through a dark, semisubmerged and smoke-filled tunnel, swing on monkey bars over a quicksand pit, answer a series of brain teasers, and of course crawl through mud while pretending to be the primordial life form that preceded the crocodile.
The trainers of Fit Speed Athletic Performance know that it takes more than lifting weights to become an athlete. They offer specified training programs in combination with nutrition to get athletes in performance shape within their sprawling facility.
What do a flower child, a disco dancer, and a hair-metal rocker have in common? If they're at Dash From The Past, they're all running. That's because the 5K encourages its participants to dress up in gear from their favorite decade as they sprint along the course, fooling onlookers into thinking Andy Warhol or Axl Rose are out competing.
Cliff Drysdale, a 45-time Davis Cup veteran, is more than a familiar face in professional tennis—he's one of its signature voices as well, having spent more than 30 years commentating matches on ESPN. Students of his coaching system get to tap into that deep well of experience at In-Shape Sport clubs all across California. At each location, experienced tennis pros lead four-week clinics that cover the fundamentals of the sport, organize competitive leagues for more advanced players, and tailor lessons to teens. Additionally, tennis socials help guests practice the sport as they meet fellow players and use particularly ferocious serves to deliver their phone number to an opponent.